Benedict Cumberbatch and wife Sophie Hunter have welcomed their first child

He once said he had been broody for five years and this week Benedict Cumberbatch‘s dreams of becoming a dad came true when his wife Sophie Hunter gave birth to their first child.

The Sherlock star, 38, has welcomed a little boy to his north London home – a WatSON, if you please! – and he couldn’t be happier.

A spokeswoman for the couple said: ‘Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter are delighted to announce the arrival of their beautiful son. We would ask everyone to respect the family’s privacy during these next few precious weeks.’

It has been an exciting week for Benedict. The actor, who missed out on a Best Actor Oscar this year to his friend Eddie Redmayne, was awarded a CBE on Friday by the Queen. The distinguished accolade is just one step below a knighthood. Eddie got one lesser with an OBE.

Benedict and Sophie’s baby comes just four months after their wedding. The thespian pair, who met on the set of 2009 film Burleque Fairytales, married on Valentine’s Day in a 12th Century church in Mottistone.

Speaking before their big day theatre director and actress Sophie, 37, said: ‘When two people meet and it’s the right combination, it does ground you.’

In 2011 Benedict admitted he was ‘broody’ to settle down and become a dad.

He said: ‘I am very broody. I have been broody for the last five years because I have two godchildren.’

And The Imitation Game star has made no secret of the fact he hopes to have plenty more children.

In 2013 he said: ‘I was happy as an only child, but I’ve always wanted to be part of a bigger family. I would love to have children.’

Like Benedict, their son will be a distant relative of King Richard III, the last Plantagenet ruler.

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